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Big leaguers turn to innovative pregame routines to improve in-game results

Big leaguers turn to innovative pregame routines to improve in-game results

Albert Pujols is a creature of habit when it comes to preparing for a game.

The Angels slugger performs 11 different hitting-off-a-tee drills and an extensive soft-toss ritual before he steps into the batting cage.

“I’ve been doing the same routine every day since I got to the big leagues in 2001,” he said.

Pujols’ style of preparation -- picking an approach and sticking to it -- was the norm in baseball for many years.

Not anymore.

As free agency has moved players from team to team, ideas for drills have circulated and pregame routines have grown well beyond mundane sessions of fielding grounders, shagging fly balls and taking...

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